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Word: cunning

Definition: clever in deceiving; sly; N: cleverness in deceiving; deceit


Sentences Containing 'cunning'

"He is so cunning that I never know when I am safe from him.
"He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone more cunning than himself upon his track.
"We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning man.
'As I think I told you once before,' said I, 'it is you who have been, in your greed and cunning, against all the world.
A strange, apostolic whim having seized him, he had left Neskyeuna for Nantucket, where, with that cunning peculiar to craziness, he assumed a steady, common-sense exterior, and offered himself as a green-hand candidate for the Jeroboam's whaling voyage.
Again, Charles Williams is not a Christian man, but a dissolute, cunning prodigal, whose father is a minister of the gospel.
All this, doubtless, he knew thoroughly, and had, in his cunning, considered well.
An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning.
Anything to equal the low cunning of his visage, and of his shadowless eyes without the ghost of an eyelash, I never saw.
Arthur tests Terry's patience with dishonest and doomed schemes to make money ("nice little earners"), then uses his cunning to persuade Terry to stay with him.
But one night, under cover of darkness, and further concealed in a most cunning disguisement, a desperate burglar slid into his happy home, and robbed them all of everything.
But why, after displaying so much cunning, did he invariably betray himself the moment he came up by that loud laugh?
Dantes half feared that such valuable jewels in the hands of a poor sailor like himself might excite suspicion; but the cunning purchaser asked no troublesome questions concerning a bargain by which he gained a round profit of at least eighty per cent.
Every one knows that by the peculiar cunning of their gills, the finny tribes in general breathe the air which at all times is combined with the element in which they swim; hence, a herring or a cod might live a century, and never once raise its head above the surface.
Fortunately he is a cunning fellow, that friend Caderousse.''
Good natured, confiding, and forgiving as I had been, I became revengeful, cunning, and wicked, or rather, immovable as fate.
He knew, that, as this was commonly altogether impossible at any small distance of time and place; so was it extremely difficult, even where one was immediately present, by reason of the bigotry, ignorance, cunning, and roguery of a great part of mankind.
He said, “whoever understood the nature of _Yahoos_, might easily believe it possible for so vile an animal to be capable of every action I had named, if their strength and cunning equalled their malice.
His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to find the man himself.
His cunning was fresh with the day, and his qualms were gone with the night in which particulars it is not improbable that he had compeers in Fleet street and the City of London, that fine morning.
His eyes looked green now, as they watched mine with a rascally cunning.
His skills were mainly political. He preferred to rely on cunning, patience, and persistence to achieve his goals.
However, Javan learns from each painful experience, and he is able to face his opponents with much greater maturity and cunning than they expect from someone his age.
Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing.
If she be tolerably handsome, and has any share of cunning, the apprentice or her master's son is enticed away and ruined by her.
It may be profitable to you to reflect, in future, that there never were greed and cunning in the world yet, that did not do too much, and overreach themselves.
It must be all exactly the other way, as your ladyship says; because it is impossible to suppose that out of my poor wit such a cunning trick could be concocted in a moment, nor do I think my master is so mad that by my weak and feeble persuasion he could be made to believe a thing so out of all reason.
It was all the work of your country and a single, deviously cunning strategist. / Naked Snake: You're saying it was all a setup?
It was through this training that Mestre Barrão learned the cunning needed to survive in a Capoeira and how to effectively apply his techniques to any roda.
not the smallest atom stirs or lives on matter, but has its cunning duplicate in mind."
Originally a mercenary and leader of the international crime cartel known as the Black Dragon, Kano rises beyond the level of mere brutality and aggression by also being sly and cunning.
Quairfor he directes to Scotland an ambassatour Petre Hiela, a singular man in pietie, cunning, prudent and wise, to persuade the Scotis king peace and concord be al meines possible.
said Traddles, whose eye the cunning red eye accidentally caught, as it at once scrutinized and evaded us.
Still, I must be calm and patient, find its hiding-place, and recover it by force or cunning.
The ignorance and inexperience of the young are here plainly distinguishable from the cunning and sagacity of the old, who have learned, by long observation, to avoid what hurt them, and to pursue what gave ease or pleasure.
The Norman Robert Guiscard ("the cunning"), son of Tancred, invaded Sicily in 1060.
The renovationists began to be attacked in the official press as a cunning group that were trying to be friends with the state in order to increase religion.
The story is told by the reserved Bartolomeo Aguilera whose cunning and bravery contribute to the outcome of the novel.
There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans, and the murderers of John Openshaw were never to receive the orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as resolute as themselves, was upon their track.
There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my elbow.
There's a most special, a most cunning, oh, a most malicious difference!
They hang, behead, and impale their criminals in the most agreeable possible manner; but some of these, like clever rogues, have contrived to escape human justice, and succeed in their fraudulent enterprises by cunning stratagems.
They will come regularly every evening to particular trees, where the cunning sportsman lies in wait for them, and the distant orchards next the woods suffer thus not a little.
Though cunning devices did not avail him against Bernardo del Carpio, who knew all about them, and strangled him in his arms at Roncesvalles.
To further complicate interpretation, the idea of the Christian as a "cunning serpent" was prominent in the Cordovan martyrs’ movement.
Tom Sawyer is a cunning and playful boy of about twelve years of age, and the protagonist of the story.
Whereupon Stubb quickly pulled to the floating body, and hailing the Pequod to give notice of his intentions, at once proceeded to reap the fruit of his unrighteous cunning.
With a brilliant, cunning mind at work, Ottakoothar sets about poisoning the King’s mind against Ambikapathi and contrives to bring about various situations wherein Ambikapathi might fall to disgrace.
Yet I am of opinion, this defect arises chiefly from a perverse, restive disposition; for they are cunning, malicious, treacherous, and revengeful.
Yet, as the ever-woven verdant warp and woof intermixed and hummed around him, the mighty idler seemed the cunning weaver; himself all woven over with the vines; every month assuming greener, fresher verdure; but himself a skeleton.
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